- Title: Palls of smoke rise over pounded Syrian town
- Date: 16th October 2019
- Summary: RAS AL AIN, SYRIA (AS FILMED FROM CEYLANPINAR, TURKEY) (OCTOBER 16, 2019) (REUTERS) CLOUDS OF BLACK SMOKE RISING ABOVE BUILDING, ONE WITH BURNING FIRE VARIOUS OF CLOUDS OF SMOKE RISING ABOVE BUILDINGS LARGE COLUMN OF THICK DARK SMOKE RISING OVER BUILDINGS
- Embargoed: 30th October 2019 13:44
- Keywords: Syria war conflict Turkey Erdogan Kurds border
- Location: RAS AL AIN, SYRIA (AS FILMED FROM CEYLANPINAR, TURKEY)
- City: RAS AL AIN, SYRIA (AS FILMED FROM CEYLANPINAR, TURKEY)
- Country: Turkey
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Military Conflicts
- Reuters ID: LVA001B1CLJ5Z
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:The pounding of Syria's Ras al Ain showed no sign of abating on Wednesday (October 16) as fires burnt and clouds of smoke hung over the border town.
Most of the fighting so far has taken place around two border cities, Ras al Ain and Tel Abyad. A Reuters cameraman in the Turkish border town of Ceylanpinar reported the sound of heavy gunfire just across the frontier in Ras al Ain, a town which Turkey's defence ministry had earlier said its forces control.
The Turkish assault, launched after a phone call between Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump, forced Washington to abandon a strategy in place for five years and pull its entire force out of northern Syria. Syrian government forces, backed by Washington's adversaries Russia and Iran, have swiftly advanced into territory formerly patrolled by U.S. troops.
(Production: Mert Ozkan, Tara Oakes)
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